Linklaters LLP is one of five prominent UK law firms in the so-called “magic circle”. Over the past decade, Linklaters has undergone a major transformation to become a leading international law firm, and were named Middle Eastern Law Firm of the Year at the International Financial Law Review Middle East Awards.
Linklaters relocated their UAE headquarters to a 1200 m2 site in the newly opened Currency House, which forms part of the prestigious Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) district.
Woods Bagot was employed as the Lead Consultant and Interior Designer, procuring project management, cost consultancy and engineering services on behalf of the client. The client representative is based in New York and London, and our role was to deliver the project for the local management. Woods Bagot’s design reinterpreted the traditional law firm palette to provide a more open and transparent space promoting communication, team work and natural light. Private offices with glazed walls provide much needed quiet space for reflection, concentration and detail analysis whilst a well-equipped staff break out area provides additional collaborative space.
Ultimately, this project moved the client out of their established comfort zone and challenged them to pursue options that could increase productivity, staff retention, client appeal and sustainability whilst providing a working environment ahead of its peers and supporting their strategic growth plans. A dedicated client services zone was established front of house and is carefully designed to provide privacy and separation of client groups, whilst attaining transparency and access to premium DIFC views......more